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Why Can’t China Win an Oscar?

Why Can’t China Win an Oscar?

Early this month, the American academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed the list of films from 85 countries that would compete for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. This year, mainland China is represented by Huo Jianqi’s historical epic “Xuanzang,”  which depicts the legendary se...

Who Benefits from the Chinese invasion of Hollywood?

Who Benefits from the Chinese invasion of Hollywood?

There was little surprise when Dalian Wanda Group announced last week that it was in talks to buy the Hollywood-based Dick Clark production (DCP), the prolific company behind live television events such as The American Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin Eve, So You Think Y...

Is It Right For Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Persian Poet Rumi?

Is It Right For Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Persian Poet Rumi?

A storm of angry criticism has been raging over the internet since writer David Franzoni, who won an Oscar for writing “Gladiator,” revealed in an interview with the Guardian, that he would be working on a biopic about the 13th century Persian-Muslim Poet, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi and that he ...

Is Cinema dying?

Is Cinema dying?

Since its release 3 weeks ago, Furious 7, has been breaking one record after another at the box office, scoring the second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and recently has become the fastest to reach the $1 billion at t...

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Participating movies in the Sundance film festival are usually made on shoestring budgets and often by first-time directors, but they are rich in their substance, bold in their themes and unique in their subjects. This year, movies have touched on controversial issues such as nature vs nurture (Stoc...

How painful was this summer for Hollywood?

How painful was this summer for Hollywood?

With weak performances at the US box office over the course of the this summer, it’s not a surprise that the final box office total gross from May to August is only $4.1 billion. That is 15% down from summer 2013 ($4.75 billion) and the lowest total since 2006 ($3.37 billion). And if we adjust for...

China is on the path to take the lead from the US in the box office

China is on the path to take the lead from the US in the box office

Since its release 4 weeks ago, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has racked up over $850 million in the global box office, breaking the record in China where it grossed over $280 million – 65 million more than in the US, where it drew $215 million. This is not the first time that the Chinese bo...

BFI explains diversity requirements for film funding

BFI explains diversity requirements for film funding

BFI bosses have been meeting film producers in London today, to explain its new “Three Ticks” policy that aims to ensure diversity in the British film business. Under the scheme, producers won’t be able to receive funding from Britain’s biggest public film fund unless they me...

Will “Tyrant” reflect reality in the Middle East? – interview

Will “Tyrant” reflect reality in the Middle East? – interview

While the Middle East rages with popular uprisings and civil wars and its people are being butchered by their leaders and terror groups, American and Israeli filmmakers are seeking to capture this harsh reality on TV. Last week, I spent a few days on two film sets in Israel: Tyrant and Dig. The firs...

Sam Mendes uses two different parts of his brain for Theatre and Cinema

Sam Mendes uses two different parts of his brain for Theatre and Cinema

Originating in ancient Athens, theatre had dominated human culture for nearly 2500 years, offering its audience a live performance of actors who communicated their experiences to them through a combination of gesture, song, speech, dance and music, until the advent of cinema, an illusion of moving i...

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